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Beautiful Boat Tour of Rio Lagartos Mangroves

Beautiful mangrove tour with an informative English speaking guide. Andrea pointed out so many new... read more

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We did the nature lovers tour in Rio Lagartos. It was an amazing experience! We saw lots of... read more

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Reviewed December 14, 2010

We arranged a bird watching tour with Diego's crew online. We simply emailed when we would be there and received a message back from Diego confirming our reservation. We showed up early and they were ready for us. Instead of putting multiple people on one boat, we had our own boat and guide. We saw other tour companies with boats weighted down with 6-8 people.

Our guide, Jose, was terrific. Fluent in English, very knowledgable of the area and someone who truly respected this special nature preserve. Jose new all the spots to see some terrific wildlife. Because it was just my husband and me on the boat with Jose, we were able to navigate into some special places to get a closer view and photographs of amazing wildlife.

We spent three hours at Rio Lagartos. It cost us $75 and was well worth it. We finished up at the restaurant onsite and the food was good and prices very reasonable. We would definitely go back and head out with Jose again!

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Reviewed March 4, 2010

it's very easy to go to yucatan peninsula and miss a visit to rio lagartos out of various reasons: it's not advertised, it's remote, there are bad connections to this place. but this is also why it is so well preserved. the village itself is charming, but not very specials. unemployment is a common issue as you can see little bars filled with middle aged mexicans in the middle of the day.
we went to the pier and met mr. ismael navarro. he took us for 600 pesos to a superb 3 hours trip with his boat to various places in the lagoon nearby. he told us stories about maya pens and poisons, then he made a demonstration with a cormoran eating fish. he knew a spot where a wild crocodile comes and had some fish prepared for him. the crocodile was quite fierce, but we could touch his tail. then we say a major flamingo colony with surrealist birds literally walking on water. we swam in salty mineral water that keeps you at the surface and you feel like you fly, and then we covered ourselves with white mud. we ended up washing ourselves in an artificial cenote nearby.

go to rio lagartos! it is really out of this world!

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Reviewed July 9, 2009

My boyfriend and I decided to see the flamingos in Rio Largartos. So we drove to this sleep costal town and thought we could just see the Flamingos from the town. The town member pointed out Eco tours we made arrangements to have a captain take us out to see the birds. We had to get the rental car back so they agreed to meet us early the next morning (6:30am) we watched the sunrise as we drove out to the flamingos. We were able to see many different kinds of birds. After floating in to the middle of the Flamingos we went to a saltwater estuary were we were able to float in the warm salty water. When we were done, we received a Mayan mud bath. It was a morning neither of us will ever forget.

The guide assisted us in getting a room that had a baloney facing the docks, at Annette posada, she rented the room to us for 300 pesos about $25. It was the most comfortable bed we slept in all week.

Be careful all the restaurants close down at 7:30pm. We were escorted around town by one of the locals who pointed out a small stand selling panochas. They were very good and we both ate for less then $5 USD.

It was an amazing little town where you’re welcomed into the small town life and the people are eager to open their life to you. I was impressed by the crabs that run in the streets, as I had never seen that before.

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Reviewed December 9, 2008

I highly recomend this nature tour which is located about three hours outside of Cancun Mexico, at the northern tip of the Yucatan peninsula. It consists of a boat ride in a salt water estuary among the mangroves,no rough water, only the very seriously afflicted would get seasick. We saw not only flamingos but numerous species of birds fish and 2 crocodiles Ismael was my guide, he was not only a skilled and safe boatman but very knowledgeable of the local flora and fauna, as well as a very nice man. The trip was 600 pesos and worth every penny. Ismael also recommended a local hotel, punta ponto, which was clean comfortable and affordable, with a balcony view of the lagoon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Date of experience: October 2021
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